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THE GOOGLE MAPS overlay app for Apple Maps, named Classicmaps, has mysteriously disappeared from Apple's app store.
Classicmaps was a simple, basic and free maps app that once installed replaced Apple Maps with the environment of Google's Maps app. Built by a cunning developer named Katsumi Kishikawa, it provided some hope to frustrated Apple IOS 6 users who have to use the Cupertino firm's terrible mapping service.
However, after receiving reports from disgruntled IOS 6 users, The INQUIRER can confirm that is no longer available in the Itunes App Store.
We have asked Apple why this might be, but are still awaiting its response. It might be that the developer has pulled the app, but our guess is that Apple is responsible for its disappearance.
However, the disappearing act of the Classicmaps app could have something to do with the recent rumours that Google is developing a Google Maps app for IOS 6.
Very blurry leaked images of the "native Google Maps (Alpha) for iOS 6" app have been posted by a San Francisco based apps developer named Ben Guild, who claims that they show some of the planned features of the highly anticipated app.
In a post on his blog, the developer says, "Ever since IOS6 came out, we lost Google Maps. However, Google has been rumoured to be hard at work on their own replacement."
According to Guild, the app is allegedly "super-fast" and the "4-inch height of the Iphone 5 is supported".
It's strange, though, that the IOS 6 Google Maps app rumours come just weeks after Google said that it won't be bringing Google Maps back to IOS 6 anytime soon. Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt announced the bad news last month, saying that the firm "hasn't done anything yet" with regards to developing a Google Maps app for IOS 6.
We are awaiting a response from Google regarding the indistinct images to see if it can shine a light on Guild's claims. It could all be a hoax, but it would make sense when considering the vanishing act by the Classicmaps app. µ
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